Category Archives: Jim Kay

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Bugs, bugs, bugs . . .

One of Jim Kay’s major passions is the study of insects. When Walker Books proposed that he worked on a novelty book on that subject, which would be written by George McGavin, it was the perfect project. The result was … Continue reading

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Jim Kay originals for sale

Jim’s first illustrations for the young adult market were for the Flaxfield Quartet of novels by Toby Forward. He really enjoyed these excellent books and produced some beautiful pencil drawings for them.  I’m pleased to say that some of these … Continue reading

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Jim Kay, Freeman of London

Jim Kay was granted the Freedom of London at the Guildhall on 20th January. It’s an honour which has also been awarded to Sir Quentin Blake and to J K Rowling and stretches back to medieval times. There was a … Continue reading

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Harry Potter exhibition at Seven Stories

We were delighted to see the exhibition of Jim Kay‘s work at the opening of the show at the national centre for children’s books, Seven Stories, in Newcastle on Friday. We sent them a selection of the preparatory work for … Continue reading

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Jim Kay on the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Gaby Wood has written a thoughtful and informative piece for The Telegraph on Jim’s work for the first Harry Potter book which gives an insight into his life while working on this exciting but demanding commission. Published in The Telegraph … Continue reading

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J K Rowling comments on Jim Kay’s work

‘Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and I feel honoured and grateful that he has lent this talent to it.’ Some great comments on Io9 and Voldemort revealed. As much as Jim … Continue reading

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Write on Kew – and Seven Stories

There’s to be a wonderful collection of speakers at Kew Gardens’ first literary festival and we wish them well with their great idea of holding it, later this month, in and around the spectacular gardens. One of the speakers is … Continue reading

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Harry Potter – Special Edition

Bloomsbury have plans to publish a special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay. Here is Jim, with Val Brathwaite (art director) and Isabel Ford (editor) admiring the print of Diagon Alley which is to … Continue reading

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Jim Kay on illustrating Harry Potter

Jim has been interviewed by Charlotte Eyre for The Bookseller and you can see the text here. Now that some of the images are revealed, we can add them to the website. Above: Hermione and Hagrid.

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I strongly recommend that you watch the first episode of the new BBC drama tonight (17th May 2015). This is a seven-part serialisation of the book by Susannah Clarke and it promises to be a classic. Jim Kay produced some … Continue reading

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